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Area frets DoD furloughs

Wednesday's announcement by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta that the Pentagon is prepared to furlough Department of Defense civilian personnel drew strong reactions from local and state leaders, while military leaders at Fort Stewart said they'll continue to prepare for budget cuts.

February 22, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Assistant prosecutor takes oath

Hugh Ridgeway was sworn in as a new assistant district attorney Friday by Chief Judge David Cavender of the Superior Court of Liberty County.

February 21, 2013 | Staff report | Local news


BoE wants opinions on new superintendent

The Liberty County Board of Education has begun the search for a new superintendent and is seeking the community's input.

February 20, 2013 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Three throw hats into Long County ring

Qualifying concluded last week in Long County for the upcoming general primary and election. After all the paperwork had been turned in, it was discovered that three more candidates had tossed their hats into the ring.

February 20, 2013 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Midway blamed for fire plan delay

Despite budget woes, Liberty County still is planning a transition to a paid countywide fire service that would be funded by a combination of service fees and insurance-premium taxes.

February 20, 2013 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Board again reviewing children's deaths

Liberty County's Childhood Fatality Review Board met Tuesday afternoon. It was the first official meeting the board has had in months, according to County Coroner Reggie Pierce.

February 19, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


City officials attend conference

ATLANTA - The Hinesville mayor, council, city manager and assistant city manager were among nearly 800 Georgia city officials to attend the Georgia Municipal Association's annual Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta on Jan. 26-28. The annual conference provides city officials an opportunity to learn more about legislation under consideration at the Georgia Capitol, attend training sessions and hear from state leaders.

February 18, 2013 | Special to the Courier | Local news


Mayor attends VA task force meeting

Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas is part of a newly formed Veterans Affairs Task Force that held its first meeting Jan. 17 in Washington, D.C., as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' annual meeting.

February 18, 2013 | By Randy C. Murray | Local news


Long elections officials alleges libel

Ludowici Elections Superintendent and Long County Board of Elections Chairwoman Vanessa Cunningham went before the Ludowici City Council on Tuesday and claimed The Long County Press committed libel against her, which is when a publication writes or publishes false statements that damage a person's reputation or character.

February 18, 2013 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Marina planning under way

The planning for Liberty County's Cattle Hammock Marina, made possible by a $35,190 coastal-incentive grant, is delayed but under way.

February 18, 2013 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Cities' costs for services rising

Six of Liberty County's municipalities do not currently level a city property tax, but an agreement struck between the Liberty County Board of Commissioners and the city of Hinesville could set taxes in motion.

February 18, 2013 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Long County candidates qualify to run

Qualifying ended Wednesday in Long County for the upcoming general primary and election. Pick up a Wednesday Coastal Courier for a full story on the qualifying.

February 16, 2013 | Staff Report | Local news


County trims SPLOST projections

The revenues that feed the Liberty County Commission operating budget are dwindling, but the problem doesn't stop there.

February 16, 2013 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


Ludowici council election set for June 18

On Tuesday, Atlantic Judicial Circuit Judge D. Jay Stewart ruled that the city of Ludowici will hold an election June 18 to fill two vacant city council seats.

February 15, 2013 | By Mike Riddle | Local news


Budget woes may trim planning funds

With its budget woes in mind, the Liberty County Board of Commissioners is considering pulling funding for a portion of the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission funding.

February 15, 2013 | By Danielle Hipps | Local news


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Long trips to Savannah persist

RICHMOND HILL - Repairs to the damaged Interstate 95 overpass at exit 87 will not start until next month, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

August 18, 2015 | By Paul Floeckher For the Coastal Courier | Local news


Hinesville mayor appointed to state public infrastructure panel

Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas has been appointed to Georgia's Partnership for Public Facilities and Infrastructure Act Guidelines Committee, Gov. Nathan Deal announced recently.

August 17, 2015 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Local news


Spots open on sheriff's citizen academy

A few spots remain open for the upcoming Liberty County Sheriff's Office Citizens' Academy.

August 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Local news


Prisoners may build Long County animal shelter

State and local officials met recently in Ludowici to discuss funding options for a proposed animal rescue shelter in Long County.

August 16, 2015 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Local news


Teen pleads to charges from fatal wreck

SPRINGFIELD - An Effingham County teenager charged in an September 2014 accident that claimed the lives of three people, including a Liberty County resident, has pled ...

August 15, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue Correspondent | Local news


Porter wins lawsuit claim, awarded $3.5 million

A Liberty County jury on Friday awarded $3.5 million for the death of Barbara Porter in a lawsuit brought by her widower, Kenneth Porter.

August 15, 2015 | Patty Leon | Local news


Jury in deliberation in wrongful-death trial

After nearly a full day of closing arguments, the wrongful-death trial stemming from a lawsuit brought forward by Kenneth Porter, on behalf of his wife ...

August 13, 2015 | Patty Leon | Local news


City looking for ways to eliminate blight

The Hinesville City Council approved a bid to refurbish two garbage trucks and a resolution for blight-elimination funding as part of its first meeting of ...

August 13, 2015 | By Caitlin Kenney | Local news


Closing arguments set for Thursday in wrongful death suit

Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday in the wrongful-death trial on behalf of former Liberty Regional Medical Center Chief Operating Room Nurse Barbara Porter.

August 11, 2015 | Patty Leon | Local news


NAACP to host community meeting

The Liberty County Branch of the NAACP will host a community mass meeting beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday.

August 11, 2015 | Staff Report | Local news


Sparse turnout reported for virtual town hall

Liberty County's first virtual town hall had a small turnout, but it was a start.

August 10, 2015 | Caitlin Kenney | Local news


Liberty County residents play major role in Selma-to-Washington march

People from all over the country, including Liberty County, are taking part in the NAACP's "America's Journey for Justice" march, which began Aug ...

August 10, 2015 | By Keturah Greene | Local news


Long County fire chief applicants to be interviewed soon

The Long County Board of Commissioners still is looking over applicants for the full-time fire-chief job to replace former Chief Richard Truman, who is currently ...

August 10, 2015 | Caitlin Kenney | Local news


Rep. Al Williams addresses transportation, casinos, Fort Stewart cuts

Editor's note: This article was revised before being posted to reflect the following correction, which will appear in Wednesday's print edition. State Rep ...

August 10, 2015 | Jason Wermers | Local news


Home knitting business proposal unravels

A simple request for a home business teaching knitting classes turned into a heated discussion during the Liberty County Board of Commissioners meeting.

August 08, 2015 | Tiffany King | Local news


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